The LAV-25A2 is an 8-wheeled Light Armored Vehicle currently in use with the USMC. The vehicle is the backbone of the Marine Corps' Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalions.
After I started this little project of mine sometime in late June, I'm happy and relieved to say, it's finally done.
About this creation
Side profile. I tried to give in a more "in country" look by adding the spare tire, rolled up net, and packs.
The LAV-25's turret features two hatches (one for the vehicle commander, one for the gunner), a Bushmaster M242 25mm Automatic Cannon, M257 Smoke Grenade Launchers, a coaxial M240C, and a pintle mounted M240B/G. It also features armored shields placed around the hatches in order to protect the turret's crew members.
The LAV engaging an imaginary target. The grey pole setup near the front of the LAV is a sort of anti-IED device.
The M240 shield fell down at more of an angle than it should be, in this pic.
Turret view showing the armor plating around the hatches and the vehicle commander (VC).
Side profile. The current SLEP (Service Life Extension Program) puts armor over the exhaust equipment, giving it a boxy look compared to the older tubular style. The newer A2 also features additional armor over most of the vehicle, bringing the vehicles weight to around 16 tons.
Driver and engine hatchs open. The LAV-25's powerplant consists of a 6V53T Detroit Diesel Turbo-Charged engine which produces around 350 hp. I'm not sure if the engine hatch opens like that, but I couldn't find any photos or video of it. I didn't have the right pieces to change the driver's periscopes to trans-black or dark tan.
The LAV features a troop compartment at the rear of the vehicle. Two top hatches and two rear doors are available to the dismounts. It normally carries four Marine dismounts (troops). Two sight/port holes (if that's what you want to call them) are located on each side of the compartment.
Troops compartment hatches/doors open. The inside is a little detail-lacking, so I'll probably update that bit eventually.
View from the front of the vehicle.
One more photo for good measure.
The LAV-25A4 is the version of the LAV series set for the battlefield of 2035. The vehicle's powerplant has been upgraded and now pushes out approximately 500 hp. This increase in horsepower allows the vehicle to feature a new water propulsion system, therefore reganing its amphibious capabilities. The addition of the missile system and higher caliber main gun have caused space in the rear compartment to be used for ammuntion storage, meaning less room for dismounts. Improved ballistics protection has also been included. The advancement in communication technology has allowed the rear antennas to be removed. The Anti-IED boom/pole has been replaced by a much smaller device that accomplishes the same task, now housed in a small curved bump in the hull where the boom/pole was once located. These changes cause the vehicle to have an overall lower profile. A vehicle defense system has also been incorporated into the vehicle. The system is similar to the Iron Curtain, Trophy, and Quick Kill systems. The system will track any incoming projectiles and will assess the threat level based on size, speed, shape and other factors; the system will then take necessary actions to neutralize that threat. In the case of an RPG round, the system will intercept the round with a projectile fired from the system; in the case of a bullet, the system will aquire the location/direction of which it was fired but will not stop the incoming round; in the case of a guided/seeking missile the system will jam the missiles guidance system or intercept it with a fired projectile. The highly advanced system can detect and neutralize anything from an incoming artillery/tank round to a dropped bomb. This is just some available information on the system.
Changes to the turret include the addition of a CROWS M2 .50 cal station, Anti-tank missile system, Mk44 Bushmaster 30/40mm automatic cannon, and a vehicle defense system.
-This is my first modern military vehicle and I hope you enjoyed it.
-There are a few things I've changed/need to change after receiving feedback from an LAV crewmen. So, I'll have updated pictures up soon.
I am amazed at the level of detail you have put into this model. As an LAV-25 crewman, I know this vehicle inside and out. You have done an excellent job capturing the engine compartment, troop hatches and weapon systems.
I would very much like a model for my LAV-company. If there is any way I can purchase instructions on how to build one, or purchase that one from you directly please let me know. My e-mail is email@example.com. Semper Fi.
This is awsome!! You have nailed it right on. I love the color. How much did it cost you to make it? I assume you bought most of the pieces from Bricklink.com. Did you make it on Lego Digital Designer?
That is AWSOME!!! I cannot believe how accurate that is!!! If could please email me instruction for the LAV-25/A2-A4 or email me a LEGO DIGITAL DESIGNER document. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks and great job!!!!!
its an awsome shape and an awsome vehicle!. one problem you have though is that its over 3 minifig heights tall. the reall apc is only about 1 and a half humans tall. i had this problem when i was desegning my hummer(srry not posted. you might want to adjust the size but kepp the same shape is you ever build a V2. excillent work!
Having experience with the Canadian version of the LAV25 (Coyote) I have to say this MOC really captures the vehicle. Great go for a first AFV outing. I love the details like the engine compartment. The crew compartment in the back doesn't really have much detail to offer in real-life so I wouldn't worry about ;-) If you give it another go, just tile it white and you're good to go.